U.S. Rep. Donald S. Beyer Jr., who represents the 8th District of Virginia that includes the City of Falls Church, told a standing room only audience of Democratic activists in Shirlington Saturday morning that they should not succumb to grief over their loss in the presidential election last month. “There’s an old Chinese proverb that says if you get knocked down six times, you get up seven,” he said. “Unlike how the Republicans responded to President Obama’s victory, resolved to provide him a ‘failed presidency,’ we don’t take that approach. But wherever we find a President Trump to be wrong, and that may be most of the time, we need to fight as much as possible. Everyone must do what they can, including write, talk, tweet, letters to the editor. Let your life be your argument. We must make sure he is a one-term president. He praised what he saw as “so much energy” in the room.
He said that the response he’s gotten since the election from everyone has been, “What can I do?” Trump, he said, “needs to be accountable to every American,” adding that Democrats “must be open to Republicans now. There are a lot of them who feel they no longer have a home. We should bring as many with us as possible.” Another focus needs to be on the young, he said. “If the votes were only of Millennials other young voters, it would have been a total blow out,” He noted that while rural America voted 3-1 for Trump, “We really are the party for those without economic power.”
In addition to a Million Woman March being organized for D.C. on Dec. 21, he cited an event being organized for Wakefield High School in Arlington on the night of Martin Luther King Day, and also as important the elections next year, including for governor of Virginia. He said the GOP will be “playing with fire” if they move to repeal Obama Care, with 22 million Americans now covered by it and as a result the lowest percentage of unpaid medical bills in history in the past year. “In history, it has always been difficult to give people freedom and then try to take it away from them.”
The event was a monthly Saturday morning gathering at the Busboys and Poets in Shirlington.